Paul Ballas, D.O.

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Paul Ballas, D.O., wrote about mental health for HealthCentral. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and has been a presenter at the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine meetings.

Latest by Paul Ballas, D.O.

What Is The Relationship Between Depression and Heart Disease?

It isn’t called a broken heart for nothing. Numerous studies have found an association between depression and cardiac problems, including arrhythmias, heart attacks, strokes, etc. Some studies have found associations between worsening outcomes in hea...

Anxiety and the Workplace

Two factors create anxiety: uncertainty and lack of control. The current economic climate is thus a perfect storm for stress, anxiety, even panic at the workplace. Those who have already been laid off are dealing with bad news in one fell, clarifying ...

Suicide Rates and the Holidays

Conventional wisdom is that there are more suicides during the holidays than at other times. I’d like to explore two questions. First, is this true? Second, as I am sure that the average person is not studying Medline for articles on suicide, why do ...

Denial, Rationalization and Anxiety

Often, when something makes us anxious, we try to avoid it. If moving our belongings makes us anxious, we hire movers. If doing our taxes overwhelms us, we hire an accountant. These are healthy alternatives to doing anxious tasks. What if we do not h...

The Anatomy of Anxiety Part I

In the next four sections, I will discuss anxiety from a biological and evolutionary perspective. Stress and anxiety are often associated with the clamor or modern life. Yet, "stress" is ancient. Most animals have a stress response. The &q...

Some Key Differences Between ODD and ADHD

Over a third of children with ADHD have a second psychiatric diagnosis, and one of the most common diagnoses to be found with ADHD is oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). This diagnosis causes a lot of frustration for parents, teachers and the childr...

The Suicide Rate, Again

Recently released data shows that while the number of overall suicides in the U.S. has been stable at about 32,000 per year (11/100,000 people), the distribution of these suicides has changed. Elderly males still have the highest rate; for those 75 a...

Signs of Schizophrenia in Children

People who have schizophrenia are often very concerned that they have passed the illness on to their children. Even when their children are very young, the thought of their child experiencing a psychotic episode fills many parents with fear and dread...

St. John's Wort and ADHD

Some parents have concerns about using stimulant medications to treat ADHD in young children. Parents sometimes feel these medications have too many side effects, including concerns about dangerous effects to cardiac health and may be worried about t...

ADHD vs. Depression in Children

As I’ve written in earlier entries, symptoms of ADHD are shared by several psychiatric disorders, and parents are sometimes worried that their children are misdiagnosed with ADHD. In particular, depression in children shares several symptoms with ADH...